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Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device: Is it worth the 499-euro price tag?

A worthy investment if you’re highly concerned about signs of aging

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The promise of beauty treatments right at the comfort of your own home is always an attractive concept. With hectic schedules and how prices for services are going up in some parts of the world, people are gearing more towards doing things themselves whenever it is most convenient. Such things now include beauty treatments.

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is no stranger to beauty tech. They’ve released several items in the past but their recent launch in IFA is definitely something that has turned heads. The Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device is said to take care of your premature signs of aging in the convenience of your own home. So, we decided to put it to the test.

What can RF do for you?

Radio Frequency (RF) treatments have been around for quite some time. Aestheticians have been using it on different parts of the body to tighten the skin, reduce fat, and encourage the production of collagen and elastin.

One treatment session at a clinic can run for 30 minutes to an hour. It can also set you back between EUR 80 to EUR 360 per session, depending on the clinic. While there are minor yet instant effects visible right after treatment, it takes a while to see the noticeable and longer-lasting results. You’ll need around four treatments spaced between 2-week intervals to get there. Pretty steep and can be quite a bother to one’s schedule if you’re a busy, working woman.

RF devices used in clinics are huge and some companies have tried to replicate them and make them smaller in the past. What sets Panasonic’s Advanced RF Facial Device is that it combines both radio frequency and ultrasonic waves. This means it emits both heat and vibration to tighten your skin while improving its moisture content. Recommended use is three times a week with at least a day in between each use.

Treatment at home

Turning on the device, you’ll need to wait about a minute to let it heat up. Once it’s ready, the joint RF and Ultrasonic part of the treatment will take you 12 minutes. Eight of which are used on the lower half of your face. You lift the cheeks by running the device on your jawline and from the sides of your mouth to the temples. The device will make a sound once you need to switch to focusing on your laugh line area.

Once that’s done, the Ultrasonic mode will turn off since you only need RF for your forehead. You’ll have about two minutes to work on that as well, going upwards and sideways from the center of your forehead.

The device is warm throughout the whole procedure. There’s also a steady vibration during the ultrasonic treatment for the cheeks and jawline, every time the probe touched the skin. I use my unit consistently on level three and I won’t call it painful. It’s merely uncomfortable at most. So, if you’re a newbie to RF treatments, there shouldn’t be any worries.

The device comes with its own, water-based, conductive gel. An almond-sized drop of the gel is enough to use all over the face each time. Once it runs out, you can also use your own skincare products with it. Serums and gel-type moisturizers are recommended.

With consumers getting more particular about the ingredients in skin care products and their benefits, the next concern is that we get our money’s worth out of them. I love their conductive gel as it’s definitely hydrating but it also needs to be washed off after using the device. Using my own products such as the Aeos Realive serum shortens the whole process.

I noticed that the product gets absorbed quickly with this device which is great. However, I do find myself adding more product throughout the treatment. You have to remember that the device should glide gently on your skin. Tugging is detrimental to what you want to achieve. The conductive gel makes it easier and lasts the whole treatment duration.

I’ve been using this for the past month and I always make sure to leave ample time for it in the evenings. To pass the time, I watch Youtube videos while doing the treatment.

Instant results?

After using it for the first time, I’ve noticed that my face looked rather red but lifted. Using a gua sha leaves you with the same level of redness and instant lift. A major difference is that the Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device left my skin feeling hydrated for a longer period of time.

A month of using it consistently showed visibly less bloating on my face. And I do tend to wake up to a lot of water retention. My cheeks are plump and laugh lines are less pronounced.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

It’s quite bulky for a facial device but easy to hold and maneuver. I do love the design, though. It comes in white and looks quite minimalist. I love that despite the size, it won’t look obtrusive in your bathroom or your vanity.

At EUR 499, this device can make quite a dent in one’s pocket. However, getting RF treatments here in Germany aren’t exactly cheap. We did the math earlier and I believe this device is a worthy investment if you’re highly concerned about signs of aging. If you’re someone who wants to prevent or at least slow them down, you’d love this.

The Panasonic Advanced RF Facial Device is also for people who don’t have a lot of time to spend in beauty clinics. Getting the treatment at the convenience of your own home, at a fraction of the time it takes compared to a clinic, can make a world of difference in your schedule.

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These refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras bring back our childhood!

Ah, take me back~

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My latest obsession with Polaroid’s latest release — Polaroid NOW — has led me to discover refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras. For 90’s kids, these instant cameras relive our colorful, childhood memories dabbling in popping colors celebrated throughout the 80s until the early 2000s.

Look at this refurbished Barbie Throwback, based on the original Barbie Polaroid released in 1999.

How about this bold and loud Neon Yellow & Pink Cool Cam…

… Or this Pink Cool Cam that screams black and pink (like a revolution).

Remember this Blue ’96 Edition perfectly complementing your windbreaker and fanny packs?

Back then, we have Japanese brand Tomy collaborating with Polaroid as a merch for popular manga and anime Kodomo no Omocha, also known as Kodocha.

Remember when we’re all obsessed with MTV?

Oh, look at this fabulous, super rare, Pink Checkers Polaroid 600!

Hello Kitty fans, can you hear me??????

Ah, this Spice Cam makes us remember the times we dance and sing to Spice Girls — like it’s our anthem before Britney Spears finally took over.

In true Maroon 5 fashion, memories really do bring back you. Seeing these instant cameras made me remember who I was before the world told me who I should be. It felt like an ode to my inner child, calling for retrospection. Remember how fun and young we used to be?

Professionally refurbished by Retrospekt

These vintage Polaroid 600 cameras are refurbished by Retrospekt, a company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded by Adam and KoriFuerst in 2008, Retrospekt started as a project to recreate their beloved instant film products.

Retrospekt uses Polaroid’s original components, and properly clean, test, rebuild and test the products again before sending out. Just like any refurbished vintage product, these instant cameras may show some light wear. Still, Retrospekt guarantees functionality.

And when it arrives at your doorsteps, all you need is just a pack of Polaroid 600 film, and you’ll be back to shooting instant films again.

SEE ALSO: Polaroid OneStep+ reviewPolaroid OneStep 2 review: The ultimate throwback cameraPolaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

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PumaPodcast: Go Hard Girls

A podcast about women in sports sharing their inspiring stories

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We believe women can do what men can do. This is why we’re hosting “Go Hard Girls”, the first podcast dedicated to sharing stories of Filipina athletes. Produced by PumaPodcast, it reimagines the sports industry if it was better for women while inspiring us to make our own mark in our respective fields — be it sports or somewhere we excel.

“Go Hard Girls” is hosted by sports reporter, award-winning writer, and gender equality advocate Ceej Tantengco. Together, let’s celebrate women making their own mark!

Note: Episodes will be regularly updated. They are arranged from newest to oldest.


Episodes

Episode 5: Big Mom Energy with Josie Gabuco

Filipina boxer Josie Gabuco has won five straight gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games. Even more impressive? She did it all while being a single mom.

Episode 4: Nesthy Petecio Knocks Down Barriers

Let’s get intersectional! World amateur boxing champion and SEA Games gold medalist Nesthy Petecio opens up about mental health, being a lesbian athlete, and why she’s stronger for all her struggles. What better way to celebrate Women’s Month?

Episode 3: No League of Their Own

The Philippines prides itself on being a basketball-loving nation, yet there’s no pro league for women. What happens to our Filipina ballers after college? How does this affect the Gilas Pilipinas Women’s program? And what do the athletes want (and don’t want) from a league? The NU Lady Bulldogs get candid in the third and final episode of our series on women’s basketball.

Bonus Episode: Ella Fajardo of Gilas Pilipinas

At just 16 years old, Ella Fajardo helped win the Philippines its first FIBA medal in the women’s division. In this special bonus episode, Ella and Go Hard Girls host Ceej Tantengco talk about her experiences as a Filipina baller in the USA and why the new generation of female athletes are speaking up for equality like never before.

Bonus Episode: Live and unfiltered with the NU Lady Bulldogs!

NU Lady Bulldogs’ Coach Patrick Aquino, UAAP Finals MVP Jack Animam, and Go Hard Girls host Ceej Tantengco sit down with PumaPodcast CEO Roby Alampay for a roundtable discussion. You’ll hear stories from behind the scenes of Go Hard Girls and what their dreams for women’s basketball are.

Episode 2: The MVP Who Almost Didn’t Play

UAAP Finals MVP Jack Danielle Animam didn’t play basketball until she was in high school. We look at what her story tells us about the state of youth development for women’s basketball, and speak to Girls Got Game about how they empower young girls through sports.

Episode 1: The Greatest Winning Streak Nobody Talks About

Five straight, undefeated seasons. 80 straight wins. The NU Lady Bulldogs did all that from 2014 to 2018. We look back at where and how the Lady Bulldogs’ hardcourt dominance began. The team tells us in their own words about the big moments and untold stories of the Greatest Winning Streak Nobody Talks About.

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What is TWICE’s GadgetMatch?

Yes, the K-Pop girl group

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It’s day who-knows-what of quarantine now and everyone’s doing whatever they can to stay sane. While other people are binge-watching on Netflix, reading books, listening to podcasts, or learning new things, I have been going through TWICE content.

Just recently, they posted a video of the group’s resident gamer Mina playing Minecraft on what appeared to be an HP Omen 15 gaming laptop. This, along with a conversation with our gaming writer Gab, prompted me to write this article.

Let this also serve as an answer to one of our Twitter follower’s question:

One more thing before we dive in. This exercise is truly just for fun. If I get any information wrong, feel free to nicely point it out to me. We’re doing this list by age so that’s NaJeongMoSaJiMiDaChaeTzu. Let’s go!

NAYEON 

Nayeon’s GadgetMatch: 
Panasonic’s Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device

We’ve seen Nayeon go on VLIVE (a popular video live streaming service for K-Pop idols) several times talking about how she feels lazy removing her makeup. Well, guess what, here’s something that can help.

Not only is the Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device great for makeup removal, it’s also gentle on the skin and provides some deep cleaning. It’s a device that’s highly recommended for people who wear makeup and would like to make sure they thoroughly (but gently) clean their face at night.

JEONGYEON

Jeongyeon’s GadgetMatch: 
Dyson V11 (Vacuum cleaner) 

TWICE has talked about how Jeongyeon has been the member who’s in charge of cleaning. In one variety show, Jihyo — the group’s leader — even pointed out how Jeongyeon would vacuum especially when she has a lot on her mind. She also mentioned that they had a huge vacuum so perhaps it’s time to upgrade!

The Dyson V11 is a smart and powerful cordless vacuum. It has three different cleaning modes as well as switchable nozzles depending on what surface or area you intend to clean. It even has an LCD screen that shows information like power mode and filter maintenance reminders. It’s a must-have for someone like Jeongyeon who likes to tidy up.

MOMO 

Momo’s GadgetMatch:
MacBook Pro 16”

Best girl, best dancer, and best Japanese woman ever Momo Hirai is emerging as also the group’s best vlogger. In 2019 she once went on VLIVE for over seven hours non-stop. She also documented and has released several episodes of her trip to Hawaii with soulmate fellow Japanese member, Sana. Previously, she also had a series with another member — who is also best girl — Chaeyoung called MoChaeng TV.

You know, Momo has a knack for vlogging. She previously talked about editing some of these clips only on her phone. However, imagine if she had a full video editing suite at her disposal? That’s where the MacBook Pro 16” comes in. It’s a powerful notebook and already comes with iMovie. She can also opt to go the pro route and get Final Cut Pro — an app I am more than willing to teach her how to use.

SANA

Sana’s GadgetMatch:
InvisaWear smart jewelry 

Sana and gadgets don’t exactly match do they? She held onto a red iPhone for the longest time until it broke, and of course there’s that laptop that she had trouble with. So for our miss “shy, shy, shy,” I’m picking the InvisaWear smart jewelry.

These are essentially easy-to-reach panic button accessories. Not that we hope she’ll need them but when paired with the app, it’ll send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. There are also a few designs to choose from that could match both Sana’s cutie and sexy sides.

JIHYO

Jihyo’s GadgetMatch:
Fitbit Versa 2

As the leader of the group, Jihyo might be the member who has to balance so many things the most. She’s also been shown to be really into fitness especially over the last two years.

What better gadget to pair with her than a fitness wearable — the FitBit Versa 2. Other than putting a lot of focus on fitness, it’s also stylish, has apps like Spotify so you can listen to music while working out, and tracks other things like sleep and heart rate.

MINA

Mina’s GadgetMatch:
Alienware UFO 

Resident gamer Mina seems like she probably already has all the possible gaming things she needs for their kind of lifestyle that has them travelling a lot. So it was tough trying to figure out what to match her with.

Enter the Alienware UFO. It’s only a concept for now, but what it is essentially is like a Nintendo Switch but for PC games. We’re not sure if it’s coming out anytime soon but it certainly matches Mina in so many ways. Not only is she a gamer, the Alienware brand kind of also matches her out-of-this-world visuals.

DAHYUN

Dahyun’s GadgetMatch:
Huawei X Gentle Monster Smart Alio-C1

I have to admit, I don’t know much about Dahyun other than that she’s probably the goofiest member and that she has this uncanny ability to spot cameras wherever they may be. I also know she wears glasses so I’m just gonna go with that.

The Huawei X Gentle Monster collaboration blends together fashion and tech. The smart eyewear can play music and be linked to a virtual assistant. The lenses can also be changed to prescription ones so Dahyun can still look stylish even with these on.

CHAEYOUNG

Chaeyoung’s GadgetMatch:
iPad Pro 2020

Aside from being the main rapper, Chaeyoung is also known to be the member who has participated the most in lyric-writing for their songs. She’s also one hell of an artist, even designing a version of their album covers and some of the group’s merch. She’s creative in every sense of the word.

What better device to help this Strawberry Princess (she’s very fond of strawberries, thus the nickname) unleash all her creativity than with an iPad Pro 2020. It’s a device built for creatives. She can do her sketches, write lyrics, and she can even use it to record a demo version of songs she’s written. Can’t think of a more perfect pairing.

TZUYU

Tzuyu’s GadgetMatch:
PetCube Bites

Every Tzuyu stan knows how fond she is of dogs but no one will come close to Gucci. The cute little Pomeranian has been with her since pre-debut days but because of work, they haven’t been together as much.

PetCube Bites will let Tzuyu check on Gucci even from a distance. The camera records and sends the footage to a cloud, making sure she won’t miss anything. It will also let her throw treats for and talk to Gucci.

Visuals by Marcus Jucutan


Do you agree with our picks? Which TWICE member is your bias and what do you think is Her GadgetMatch? 😉

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